Phantom Love, dir. Nina Menkeson January 26th, 2012
About half an hour into this film, I became rather irritated by an emerging plot about the central character’s sister being perhaps mentally ill, suicidal and in need of looking after, and there therefore being some sort of family-based guilt being brought to bear on our female protagonist. You see, up to this point in the film, there hadn’t been any trace of any sort of plot. So far: a woman had been having rather unfulfilling sex with a man, a woman had been filing her nails, a woman had been watching the Gulf War on TV, a woman had been working as a croupier at a roulette wheel, a woman had been walking past a large snake in the corridor of a hotel. All these things had rather pleased me, and I felt resentful at this sudden intrusion of a plot. Thankfully, it went away again.
There’s not much more I can say about this film. Nothing much happens in it; I’m not sure where it was set: sometimes, in the US, sometimes in a far-eastern country; I’m not sure really what occurs during the course of the film: a woman lives a somewhat boring everyday life and has some psychological troubles. I must just have been in the right mood, I guess. The comments on the imdb page are somewhat divided. Mubi has five films by her: I can’t wait to watch Queen of Diamonds, which has an average rating of 3.9 on imdb – a recommendation if ever there was one.